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Karen Pearson, PA-C, Joins Alcester Community Health Center

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(ALCESTER, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Karen Pearson, PA-C, back to the Alcester Community Health Center. Pearson joins provider Dr. Meghan Curry O’Connell, MD, MPH, to provide primary care medical services to the Alcester community.

Pearson attended the University of South Dakota, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She then completed a Master’s of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 1997 from the University of South Dakota. She has previously provided care at Alcester Community Health Center through allPOINTS Health Services.

“I am looking forward to coming back to the Alcester community to care for “my people” again. I have missed walking through life events with my patients and being there for them in their time of need,” said Pearson.

Karen, who is a long-time Alcester community resident, has three daughters and three grandchildren. Her husband, Dale, works for the City of Alcester. In her spare time, she enjoys going to sporting events and watching her family compete. She is currently available for appointments at Alcester Community Health Center.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Justin Risse Named Horizon Health Care Employee of the Year

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to award the 3rd Annual Employee of the Year award to Justin Risse of Martin, SD. This award is designed to recognize staff that embodies the spirit of care Horizon strives to provide its patients and communities, as well as those who exhibit professional qualities supporting Horizon’s mission, vision, and values.

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Justin has been employed with Horizon since February 2016. He began his career as a Front Desk employee for Martin Community Health Center and then was promoted to Site Coordinator for Martin Community Health Center and Martin Dental Clinic in July 2017.

“Justin’s passion for the patients we serve and for the Martin community is commendable,” said Christina Konechne, Horizon Chief Operations Officer. “He always goes above and beyond what is asked of him and is a true team player. He is always advocating for what is best for our patients and acts with professionalism and integrity. He is extremely deserving of this award and we are grateful for his continued commitment to Martin CHC and Dental Clinic.”

Justin resides in Martin with his fiancée and young daughter.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Darcie Schmidt, CNP, FNP-BC, Joins Jerauld County Community Health Center

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(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Darcie Schmidt, CNP, FNP-BC, as the newest medical provider at Jerauld County Community Health Center. Schmidt joins providers Dr. Lance Lim, MD, Dr. Thomas Dean, MD, Meghan Torgerson, CNP, and Francoise Bansenga, FNP-BC, to provide primary care medical services at Jerauld County Community Health Center.

Schmidt attended South Dakota State University, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and again in 2011 with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing. Darcie, a Mount Vernon, SD native, is excited to provide care to the Wessington Springs Community.

“I believe that I am in a partnership with my patients to help them be in the best health they can be. We will always work together to come up with a plan of care to suit the patient’s needs and wishes,” said Darcie Schmidt, CNP, FNP-BC.

Darcie’s hobbies include camping and fishing in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter with her husband, four children and one grandchild. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction novels. She is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Community Health Center.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Katlyn Rostyne, CNP, Joins Martin Community Health Center

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(Martin, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Katlyn Rostyne, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. Katlyn joins providers Dr. Tony Berg, MD, Margaret Lee, PA-C, Theresa Hammerquist, CNP, MaryAnn Fanning, CNP and Nancy Webb, CNP, to provide primary care medical services to the Martin community.

Rostyne attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She later went on to attend Maryville University of St. Louis in St. Louis, MO, graduating in 2018 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner.

“I believe that everyone has personal health goals that are achievable,” said Katlyn Rostyne, CNP. “I hope to provide patients with education and support to meet their health care expectations.”

Originally from Huron, SD, Katlyn enjoys camping, fishing, softball and spending time with her family. She is currently available for appointment at Martin Community Health Center.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, Joins Martin Community Health Center

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(Martin, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. MaryAnn joins providers Dr. Tony Berg, MD, Margaret Lee, PA-C, Theresa Hammerquist, CNP, and Nancy Webb, CNP, to provide primary care medical services to the Martin community.

Fanning attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and earned an Accredited Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She later went on to attend the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, graduating in 2009 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. In 2013, she earned a Post Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Kaplan University.

“I am excited to be a part of the Horizon team, to learn and share my experiences,” said MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, who is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center.

Originally from Martin, MaryAnn resides with her husband, Paul, who is a rancher in Bennett County. In her spare time she enjoys music, drama productions, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Meghan O’Connell, MD, MPH, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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(ELK POINT, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Meghan O’Connell, MD, MPH, as the newest medical provider at the Elk Point Community Health Center, Alcester Community Health Center and Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services.

O’Connell attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics. She later went on to attend the University of Washington, graduating in 2010 with a Doctorate of Medicine degree, a Master in Public Health degree with a focus in Epidemiology, along with certificates in Indian Health Pathway and Underserved Pathway.

“I am excited to return to South Dakota and to serve my community,” said Dr. Meghan O’Connell, MD, MPH.
“I aim to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate care to all patients in all stages of life.”

O’Connell, who is currently residing in Elk Point, joins a team of six current providers in Horizon’s southeast region communities of Elk Point, Alcester and Yankton. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, swimming, reading and traveling.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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De Smet Dental Services Welcomes Outreach Students

Nick Moore & Madeline Pfeiffer

(DE SMET, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and De Smet Dental Services, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in De Smet from September 9 – October 5.

The two students visiting De Smet are Madeline Pfeiffer of Sioux Falls, SD, and Nick Moore of Kansas City, MO. Madeline completed her undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She enjoys watching soccer, reading, playing the clarinet and spending time at the cabin with her family. After dental school, Madeline is interested in opportunities that will bring her back to South Dakota.

Nick, who is a Kansas City Chiefs fan, enjoys cooking and working out. After graduation, his goal is to provide dentistry in a rural community. “I’m looking forward to my time in South Dakota and want to thank the city of De Smet for welcoming me with open arms,” said Nick.

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to De Smet,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Brady Weispfennig and Dr. Lamar Koistinen of De Smet Dental Services) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations. These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

For the past forty years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Jerauld County Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Students

Peggy Stepan & Ashley Zimm

(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Jerauld County Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Wessington Springs from September 10 – October 5.

The two students visiting Wessington Springs this year are Peggy Stepan of Sturgeon Lake, MN, and Ashley Zimm of Hutchinson, MN. Peggy, who enjoys going on new adventures, spends her free time playing basketball, biking, running, baking and ice skating. Following dental school, Peggy’s plans are to become a solo general practitioner in a rural community similar to the one she was raised in.

Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors, biking, cross country skiing and running. She is currently training for her first marathon. She also loves spending time with her husband, Reece, and their dog, Kona. Following dental school, Ashley is excited to start working as a general dentist.

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to Wessington Springs,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Nick Thome of Jerauld County Dental Clinic) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations. These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

For the past forty years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Prairie Winds Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Student

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce a dental student who is doing her clinical rotations in Howard from September 10 – October 5.

The student visiting Howard is Skyler Moderow of Casselton, ND. Moderow completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Dakota, during which she joined the North Dakota Air National Guard. Her plans after dental school include attending an AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) Dental Residency at the Air Force. Following her AEGD Dental Residency, she will work as a dentist in the Air Force for four years. Moderow, who was recently married, is looking forward to the married life with her husband, Konstantine, who works at the Ellsworth Air Force Base. Her interests include reading and watching Netflix and swimming, tubing and jet skiing at her parent’s lake cabin.

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome a dental student from the University of Minnesota to our team at Prairie Winds Dental,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnerships with the area dental schools are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities and introduce them to Horizon Health Care.”

For the past forty years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Ryan Rowe, CNP, Joins Mission Community Health Center

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(MISSION, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Ryan Rowe, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Mission Community Health Center. Ryan joins providers Dr. Tony Berg, MD, Larry Dubray, PA, Rachele Vietor, PA-C, Spencer Mason, PA-C, and Autumn Tucker, CNP, to provide primary care medical services to the Mission community.

Rowe attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. He later went on to attend Walden University, graduating in 2018 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree as a Nurse Practitioner.

Ryan Rowe, CNP, who is currently available for appointments at Mission Community Health Center, bases his philosophy of care on a quote from Patch Adams, “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what outcome.”

Rowe, who is originally from Carter, SD, enjoys camping and spending family time with his wife and two dogs. He is looking forward to serving the local community.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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